Library personnel in this position perform duties in various functional areas of a library. This position has the responsibility to implement, maintain, and execute library practices and procedures, in fulfillment of the library’s policies and mission of providing service to our diverse communities of users.
As part of their contacts with library users, employees are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of library services available, as well as an interest in facilitating users’ requests. A progression of responsibility is evident within the series, ranging from simple, repetitive verification duties performed under direct supervision to coordinating, maintaining, and ultimately managing various library functions under administrative direction. In conjunction with this progression, it is expected that employees attend pertinent training events, workshops, meetings, and other staff development opportunities in order to maintain and enhance knowledge and skills. As employees move through the series, they may be directly responsible for interpreting and applying library science principles, developing a knowledge of an academic subject or technical field, responding to problem referrals from other library staff, making independent decisions and judgments in various processing functions, providing reference services, and providing direct assistance to professional librarians. They may also be required to use electronic information systems in performing their duties. At the beginning levels employees are often engaged in the production of documents and other duties that support the functional activities and staff of the library. At the advanced levels, however, functional duties may be characterized by the nature and extent of personal contacts and may be performed in direct support of a designated administrator.
Types of functional duties include direct and indirect user services functions as well as administrative functions. Representative of direct and indirect user services functions are ordering and receiving, organizing of information, data processing, physical processing, information creation or duplication, query response and finding, instruction, circulation, interlibrary loan, reserve, collection management, archival, conservation, preservation, and general clerical functions. Representative of administrative functions are operational oversight, budgetary, and personnel/supervisory functions. Further specificity of particular job duties are addressed in greater detail in the individual institutional position descriptions.